5 Reasons Ministry Staff Conflict Can Be Good

Rebekah Hannah | September 15, 2017

Conflict among ministry coworkers is inevitable. A staff of sinners trying to pour themselves out in service will be susceptible to many temptations. They can be tempted to not believe the best of one another, to disagree with the direction of ministry, or to be hearers of the Word but not doers (1 Cor. 13; James 1:22). 

Conflict may be uncomfortable, but it isn’t all bad. Here are five reasons why God may permit conflict for your benefit as a ministry leader.

1. Conflict exposes the heart.

Church leaders spend a lot of time saying the right things. But when conflict happens, our hearts are exposed, and we can see if we really believe what we say. James 4 explains if we have a conflict, it’s often because we aren’t getting something we want. Conflict reveals what we love most. Do we want to please Christ, or do we want to please ourselves? Are we gracious like Christ, or do we force others to bend our way?

Ephesians 4:3 teaches we should be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Peace is a sign of reconciliation. It’s neither an overly confrontational “my way or the highway,” nor an avoidant “pretend like that didn’t happen” kind of…

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